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Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning musician and songwriter Neil Diamond will be nationally debuting “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down)” on the 33rd annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH.
Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning musician and songwriter Neil Diamond will be nationally debuting “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down)” on the 33rd annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH.
Two-time Emmy Award-winner Tom Bergeron returns to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol  to host  A CAPITOL FOURTH broadcast live on PBS Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m.  Credit:  Capital Concerts
Two-time Emmy Award-winner Tom Bergeron returns to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to host A CAPITOL FOURTH broadcast live on PBS Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Credit: Capital Concerts
Viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation during PBS’s live broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m.   Credit: Courtesy of Photosearch.c
Viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation during PBS’s live broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Credit: Courtesy of Photosearch.c

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….
A CAPITOL FOURTH ON PBS
WELCOMES MUSIC SUPERSTAR BARRY MANILOW
AND
AMERICA’S FAVORITE HOST TOM BERGERON
LIVE FROM THE U.S. CAPITOL!

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — America’s favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (DANCING WITH THE STARS) will return to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to host A CAPITOL FOURTH, starring music legend Barry Manilow, who is back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on the show in 2009.

Broadcast live on PBS, the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country will also feature performances by: Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of AMERICAN IDOL; country music artist Scotty McCreery (winner of AMERICAN IDOL); actor and singer Darren Criss (GLEE); musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (SMASH); Broadway’s new hit Motown The Musical; and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct music from the Oscar-winning blockbuster LINCOLN, with a special moment from legendary film director and three-time Oscar-winner Steven Spielberg.

“It’s a great honor to return to our nation’s capital to celebrate our birthday together on A CAPITOL FOURTH,” said Bergeron.  “It’s a celebration you just can’t find anywhere else, with outstanding music and, of course, the greatest display of fireworks… ever!”

With twenty cameras positioned around the city, including the U.S. Capitol, the White House and the Washington Monument, viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation during this top-rated extravaganza.  Capping off the show will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A CAPITOL FOURTH tradition. 

The 33rd annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Thursday, July 4, 2013 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.  The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. 

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